Special vote applications for municipal elections

2016-06-15 06:00

FOR the first time applications for special votes in the local government elections will be available online and via SMS. Special votes are available to all registered voters including the disabled, infirm and pregnant, as well as members of the security forces, election officials, the media and any other voters who are unable to visit their voting station on election day 3 August.

Special votes are carried out through home visits or at your voting station for registered voters unable to vote on 3 August.

Special votes may only be cast by voters who have applied for and received approval from the Electoral Commission to cast a special vote. Applications open at 8am on Friday 10 June and close at 5pm on Friday 8 July.

For the first time applications for special votes will be available online via the Electoral Commission’s website www.elections.org.za and by SMSing the voter’s ID number to 32249 (SMS charged at R1). This SMS application facility is only available for those applying to cast a special vote at their voting station and not for home visits.

Once their application has been processed, voters will receive a notification via email or SMS of whether their application for a special vote was successful or not. They can also check the status of their special vote application online at www.elections.org.za

The traditional method of applying for a special vote at local IEC offices by submitting a MEC35 form is also still available. Forms must be hand-delivered but can be delivered on behalf of a voter by someone else.

The process for casting a special vote is the same as a normal vote – with the exception that the completed ballot papers are sealed in an unmarked envelope which is then marked with the voter’s name, ID number and voting district number. IEC officials take the envelope and place it in a secure ballot box for special votes and the voter’s name is marked off the voters’ roll with “SV” to indicate a special vote.

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.
NEXT ON NEWS24X

Inside News24

 
PARTNER CONTENT
INFOGRAPHIC: New thinking required for retirement

Everything we believe about retirement is fast becoming outdated.

PARTNER CONTENT
WATCH: How education can change a life

A university education gives students the chance to create a better future for themselves, their families and to opportunity achieve their dreams.

/News

Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts
Traffic
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.